Texoma organizations plan to provide hurricane relief on the east coast

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII)- The American Red Cross of Texoma and the Choctaw Nation have already sent people to North Carolina to help provide relief to the area, as they await the impact of Hurricane Florence.

"Hurricane season is upon us and it looks like its coming in pretty strong," said Texoma American Red Cross Executive Director Doug Crowson.

With Hurricane Florence set to make landfall in the Carolinas Friday morning, Crowson says four volunteers have taken one of their emergency response vehicles across the country.

He says five other emergency response vehicles from across north Texas are on their way to the east coast now.

"They'll be used after the hurricane has hit to provide feeding in the neighborhoods to folks who can't get out and get to a shelter," Crowson said.

Choctaw Nation Director of emergency management Jeff Hansen says the Choctaw Nation has flown five people to North Carolina. He says they are there to plan ahead for any medical or construction needs after the storm hits the area.

Hansen says his team is ready to help the hurricane victims.

"If we can step up and provide some kind of relief and some way to help get an individual back to some level of normalcy, we are going to do it," Hansen said.

Crowson says people from all over the country helped provide relief to the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey hit last year, and now they want to return the favor to people hundreds of miles away.

"When we were having a disaster, they responded and helped us. It's only fair that we turn around and respond for them in their time of disaster," Crowson said.

Crowson and Hansen say the people they have sent to the east coast will stay there a minimum of two weeks, and could stay longer depending on the damage the storm could bring.

If you would like to help with the hurricane relief, you can donate to the cause at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-florence-donations.html/.

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